– Sports Editor
On January 12 Head Basketball Coach Page Moir became the fifth coach on Roanoke College’s staff to have the title of most winning coach in ODAC history.Â
With his recent win against Washington and Lee, Moir gained his 231st ODAC game win, surpassing the late Bob Johnson of Emory and Henry College.Â Moir has been the most winning coach in RC history since 2003 and he starts his 22nd year with 357 wins.Â He is the longest tenured active coach in the ODAC.
Susan Dunagan has been the head coach of the RC Women’s Basketball team for 30 seasons and holds over 400 conference wins, and over 550 victories overall, bringing her to the top spot in the ODAC.Â She has been named ODAC Coach of the Year nine times and has 13 ODAC Championships.Â She has led the Maroons to 11 NCAA Tournament Appearances.
Both of RC’s soccer coaches also hold the record for most winning coach in the ODAC for their respective teams, recently named such in the last calendar year.Â Scott Allison, who also serves RC as the Athletic Director, topped the Men’s Soccer wins with 167 conference wins and 284 overall wins.Â He has led his team to seven ODAC Championships and five NCAA Tournament appearances.Â His efforts have earned him six ODAC Coach of the Year and four VaSID Coach of the Year awards.
Head Coach Phil Benne of Women’s Soccer claimed his 152nd conference win, topping Todd Olson of Lynchburg by just one game.Â He has amassed 253 overall victories.Â Benne also coaches Men’s Tennis and has led them to 139 match victories leaving him second in the ODAC to David Dutwiler of Washington and Lee.
Last spring, Head Coach Bill Pilat brought his Men’s Lacrosse wins to 234 in 22 seasons.Â In addition, he ranks seventh among active coaches in the NCAA Division III in career wins.Â He has received ODAC Coach of the Year nine times and VaSID State Coach of the Year five of the last six years.Â Under his guidance, the Maroons have held a top-10 ranking 16 times, ranking number one in 2009.
Blair Trail is the part time Head Coach of Volleyball and has served 12 years at RC, the longest tenured coach in history for that sport.Â During that time, she has accumulated 224 overall wins, making her the second most winning active coach in the ODAC.
Track and Field Head Coach Finn Pincus has coached two national champions, Casey Smith â€˜00 and Robin Yerkes ’09 in his 20 years.Â He is responsible for starting the women’s track and field program which he then led to win five-straight Outdoor ODAC Championships and four Indoor Conference Championships.Â He is a 15-time winner of the ODAC Coach of the Year and two-time USTFCCCA Region Coach of the Year.Â He has led his teams to 17 conference titles.
“Having successful coaches attracts quality student-athletes to Roanoke College and helpsÂ perpetuateÂ success at our school,” Allison said.